Photography

Communal environments

Our photography program and facilities are designed to foster an intermingling of people, materials, and ideas. You will have access to dedicated space for creative work, supported by both peers and faculty who will provide you with unique perspectives on contemporary imaging.

Industry luminaries

Our faculty are engaged far and wide in the arts communities. Each semester, you will interact with a range of industry professionals through presentations, workshops and critiques. These experiences will provide valuable feedback and exposure to professional practices.

The [photography] program teaches you to constantly better yourself in every area ... I learned how to further myself technically and conceptually, and [to] master each one simultaneously.

Dana Kalachnik (B.F.A. Photography '17)

Student work

Torry Brown black and white pigment print photograph of a sunflower
Gabe Ellington  photographic collage of foliage
Torry Brown black and white pigment print photograph of a dog in a flat, grassy landscape
Benjamin Dorocke photograph of an Chicago Transit Authority train in motion
Gabe Ellington exhibition installation view
Em Howson photograph
Em Howson photograph
Installation view of Lidia Morton photography exhibition
Linda Prescott black and white landscape photograph
Jane Sun Kim photograph
Jane Sun Kim photograph
Sav Daly photograph

Left to right, top to bottom: Torry Brown, Untitled, 2021, Archival Pigment Print, image size, variable. Gabe Ellington (detail), Untitled, 2022. Torry Brown, Untitled, 2021, Archival Pigment Print, image size, variable. Benjamin Dorocke, Untitled, 2021. Gabe Ellington, Untitled, 2022. Em Howson, Untitled, 2022. Em Howson, Untitled, 2022. Lidia Morton (detail), Untitled, 2022. Linda Prescott, Untitled, 2022. Jane Sun Kim, Untitled, 2021. Jane Sun Kim, Untitled, 2022. Sav Daly, Untitled, 2021.   Courtesy of the artists

A student cuts pieces of denim fabric.

Foundation studies

Your first year at Herron focuses on skills that are crucial to your success in art and design school. You will explore basic principles and techniques, as well as your own historical, cultural, and personal influences as an artist or designer.

Learn more about foundation studies

Facilities

With 15,000 square feet of space, Herron’s photography program has one of the largest footprints of the school. You’ll have access any time of the day or night to our specialized labs, darkrooms, computer labs, finishing areas, exhibition space, and a professional lighting studio.

  • Black-and-white darkrooms for silver gelatin prints
  • Non-silver and historical print processes
  • Medium- and large-format color film developing
  • 35mm, DV, DSLR, and medium- and large-format cameras
  • Hasselblad digital backs
  • Lighting studio with professional kits and equipment
  • Chromogenic lab
  • Mac computer labs with advanced editing software
  • Large-format Canon and Epson digital printers
  • Mikrotek and Flextight scanners
  • Finishing room with a Coda Cold-Mount press
  • Installation space with gallery lighting

Professional opportunities

The careers of our photography graduates encompass diverse roles and environments. Students have opened their own professional studios, become exhibiting visual artists, or gone onto graduate school to pursue teaching positions at colleges and universities. The path you take is determined by your interests and the limits of your imagination.

Pursue your calling as a professional:

  • Visual artist
  • Commercial and freelance photographer
  • Videographer
  • Visual arts educator
  • Photo and visual content editor for online and print media
  • Image archivist
  • Art director
  • Gallery or museum curator

Faculty

R B

Reid Broadstreet

Associate Faculty

Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill

Associate Faculty

Benjamin Martinkus

Benjamin Martinkus

Photography Technician

Asli Narin

Asli Narin

Associate Faculty

M P

Matt Panfil

Associate Faculty

Stefan Petranek

Stefan Petranek

Associate Professor

B S

Ben Shadley

Associate Faculty

D S

Dana Smessaert

Associate Faculty

Jake Sneath

Jake Sneath

Associate Faculty

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